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Massive Ogden fire causes $3M in damage to 5 homes, apartments, cars

A fire affecting multiple homes and an apartment complex under construction burns in Ogden on Monday, June 28, 2021. (Chris Ward)


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OGDEN — Firefighters remained on the scene Tuesday morning after a massive fire damaged five homes and an apartment complex under construction near 28th Street and Grant Avenue overnight.

More than 80 firefighters responded to the four-alarm fire, which started about 10:30 p.m. Monday, according to Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Shelby Willis. Crews responded to the scene and found the apartment complex, five homes, three businesses and a car on fire, she said. Firefighters were continuing to douse hot spots on Tuesday morning.

One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and exhaustion, Willis said. Two women also suffered from smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital. Willis did not know their conditions Tuesday. Two brothers who were previously unaccounted for had been found safe.

The apartment complex is reported to be a complete loss. Fire trucks and other nearby vehicles were also damaged, as well as nearby businesses. The fire is estimated to have caused at least $3 million in damage, Willis said.

One of the businesses that burned is a rental car company, and at least 10 cars in its fleet melted, Willis said. Several fire trucks also had melted paint and lights, but remained in working condition all night. It will likely cost $20,000 to $30,000 to repair the trucks, she said.

The fire began near the front of the apartment complex and quickly spread to nearby homes, Ogden Fire Chief Mike Mathieu said. The blaze began near where another fire earlier in the day destroyed an abandoned structure and caused an estimated $250,000 in damage.

Police were speaking with a person of interest to get more information about the investigation, according to Willis.

Fire officials asked people to avoid the area.

Power in the block is out and crews worked in the 6 a.m. hour to replace burned power poles; traffic lights at 28th and Washington Boulevard are out and should be treated as a four-way stop.

The Red Cross responded to the scene to provide "immediate assistance to residents involved" in the multifamily fire. Willis estimated that at least 10 residents were displaced.

Fire officials don't know what caused the fire. Many firefighters said this is the largest fire they had ever fought in the city, Willis said.

It's the second day in a row that fire crews on the Wasatch Front have fought a massive blaze. On Monday, an apartment building in Salt Lake City went up in flames.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Contributing: Ashley Fredde, KSL.com; Roy Burton, KSL.com; Mary Richards, KSL NewsRadio

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